Informed Consent Form

School Social Work and School Safety Strategies Survey

As a school social worker, you are invited to complete a survey regarding your attitudes and beliefs towards school safety strategies. The purpose of this study is to generate a better understanding as to how school safety and violence prevention strategies implemented in today’s schools are perceived by and are impacting your practices as a school social worker. Therefore, as a member of the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA), you have been selected for inclusion in this study.

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. Your participation in this study will require the one-time completion of an anonymous survey on your attitudes and beliefs towards specific school safety strategies as well as your practices as a school social worker. The survey is expected to take approximately twenty minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous. That is, you will not be asked to provide any potentially identifying information and your responses cannot be linked back to you. At the end of the survey, you will submit your survey to the researcher and will then be provided the study incentive.

We know of no risks to you for participating in this study, as all information provided will remain strictly anonymous. You may choose not to participate in this study prior to or any time during your participation, you can skip any questions that you wish not to answer, and you may end the survey at any time by simply exiting the web link.

The responses from this study will be used to explore the impact of school safety strategies on the role school social workers play in their schools. This understanding has significant potential for influencing the development and modification of policy and practice surrounding school safety programs used in United States schools.

All information and data collected from you through your participation in this study will remain strictly anonymous. No potentially identifying information will be collected from you. The researchers will keep all study materials (e.g. collected data) on the principal investigator’s password-protected computer or on a password-protected computer owned by the researcher’s dissertation chair. No one other than the principal investigator and his dissertation chair will be able to access the data collected from this study. For analyzing and reporting the findings of this study, all demographic information will be summarized to further protect the human subjects in this study.

All participants will have the option to enter their email address into a drawing for a chance to win one of five $50.00 Amazon electronic gift cards. In no way can individual survey responses be linked to your email address. Winners of the gift card drawing will be provided their gift card via the email address provided within eight weeks. You have the option to enter this drawing regardless of whether or not you choose to participate in this study. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose. Your email address will be kept on a password protected computer and will be deleted after all gift cards are distributed.

If you have questions at any time about the study or its procedures, you may contact the principal investigator for this study:

Matthew J. Cuellar, PhD, MSW
(212) 960 – 0827

Your participation in this is completely voluntary and will not in any way impact your membership in the SSWAA or your professional standing as a school social worker. By selecting "I agree to participate in this study" you are accepting the terms of this informed consent. If you wish to not participate in this study, please exit this survey now. Have a great da

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